Do you have a USB drive that doesn’t work anymore and thinking of disposing it? We would advise you to read this article before you reach to any conclusion. Will you believe if we say that your USB flash drive can be formatted and brought back to normal working condition?
Let’s not delay more and explore the methods, if there is a physical damage of your USB flash drive.
Let us consider that there is a physical damage. In this case, you need to decide whether your files are too crucial to make a DIY attempt or it is better to go for an alternative option.
If your files are very important, then we would suggest you to go for a data recovery company. These companies have sophisticated tools to take care of the issue. Chances are there that your hardware issue will be fixed without losing any of your data. This process would be little pricey that might range from $20 to $850, but it is you who has to decide whether the content of the flash drive is worth it or not.
If you think that you can risk your files and make a DIY attempt, then get ready to learn something new that you might not have done before.
First of all, you need to have the tools handy:
Soldering iron with solder and flux
- USB cable
- Wire cutter
- Small screwdriver
- Magnifying glass
Before initiating the process, you should know that this process has to be followed, if there is a broken connector.
Use the screwdriver to remove the case of the USB drive.
Now, you can make use of the magnifying glass to analyse what is wrong with the circuit of the USB drive. If the PCB board or the solder pads is the reason, then you would need the help of a technician. However, if the connector is broken, but the solder pads and the PCB are working fine, then proceed to the next step.
Place the flash drive with connector facing you and the solder pads facing upwards.
Use wire cutter to cut one end off USB cable.
Use wire strippers to pull out 0.25 inch of all the four wires.
Every wire should be soldered to every solder pad.
Connect the USB drive to the computer and see what happens. If the system reads it, that would be great and you can save your files immediately. If not, then it is better to consult a technician.
Next time, if a USB drive is not working well, try fixing it instead of disposing it.